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School transport policies and strategies


We have home to school/college transport policies and strategies that provide information and guidance for children and young people of different ages.

Home to school/college transport policy

This policy applies to our duty to provide "home to school" travel arrangements at the start of the day, and "school to home" travel arrangements at the end of the day. 

The policy will give you a clear indication of whether your child or young person will qualify for free home to school/college travel. However, it is important to note that all applications for free transport will be assessed by us and an assumption about the award of free transport should not be made until notification has been received in writing. 

Full details of home to school transport are laid out in our  Icon for pdf Home to school / college transport policy (PDF, 115.0kb) .

If you wish to comment on the policy please contact us

Post-16 Transport Policy Statement 2019/20

Local councils have a duty to prepare and publish an annual transport policy statement specifying the arrangements for the provision of transport, or otherwise, that we consider necessary to help everyone of sixth form age receive education or training.

Download  Icon for pdf Post-16 Transport Policy Statement 2020/21 (PDF, 202.5kb)  to see the policy statement for learners in further education aged 16-18 and continuing learners aged 19 and over. 

Sustainable modes of travel strategy

We must promote the use of sustainable travel and transport and there are four main elements to this:

  • assessing travel and transport needs of children and young people
  • auditing sustainable travel and transport infrastructure in the council
  • having a strategy to develop a sustainable travel and transport infrastructure within the council to better cater for the travel and transport needs of children and young people
  • promoting sustainable travel and transport modes on the journey to, from and between schools and other institutions.

We have a large number of existing strategies and policies which set out what all agencies and services have committed to achieve for the children and young people of Durham. These have been based on a thorough analysis of needs and on the things that schools, parents, children and young people themselves have told us matter most to them.

Our sustainable home to school travel strategy - Icon for pdf County Durham Sustainable Modes of Travel Strategy (PDF, 144.4kb)  - pulls together all relevant strategies and policies into one document.

It enables us to develop a more integrated approach across agencies and our services to improve outcomes for children and young people, in addition to ensuring they have safe and equitable access to education.

Contact us
School and College Transport
03000 264 444
Our address is:
  • School Places and Admissions Team
  • Children and Young People's Services
  • County Hall
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 5UJ
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